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  • Jan Walker

Updated: Apr 6

They can come at any time, those unplanned visitors. I'm not talking about people who show up at your house uninvited. I mean the little distractions that try to take your focus away from what you're doing in the moment. Or the major detours that stop you in your tracks and completely rearrange your day (or month, or year).

We've all experienced them, and for the most part, we consider them to be a negative or aggravating thing. I mean, after all, they get in the way of what we're doing; they push us off our course, they mess up our carefully crafted plans.

But what if these unexpected detours were actually divine interruptions? What if they are really God saying, "I know you want to do that, but let's do this instead."

It might be hard to recognize at first. Sometimes, it's not until you come out at the other end that you realize it was a God thing.

Not long ago, as I was leaving my house to go to a meeting I was leading, I couldn't find the notebook that contained my outline and scripture references for the evening. I looked everywhere. My purse, my tote bag, the bedroom, the kitchen, the office, the living room. I even looked in my car. A friend was with me. She helped me look again in all the places I had already checked. Time was running out, and we had to leave to get to the meeting.

Driving to the meeting, I began to question myself. Was there something wrong with the teaching I had planned to share? No, I don't think so. Was it biblically grounded? Yes. Had I heard from the Lord about the topic? I'm pretty sure I had. So what happened to the notebook?

When I arrived, I felt a little unprepared, to say the least. I don't like feeling like that. I'm one of those people who need to know. I like structure, hence the outline. I like knowing how things will start out, how they'll end up, and everything in between. I can see you chuckling right now. By the time the meeting started, I had figured out that the Lord had something different in mind for the evening.

Here's the thing. It wasn't so much that I forgot where I put the notebook... I forgot that it was God's meeting. We were all there to hear from Him. All I had to do was sit back and watch Him unfold His plan for the meeting. It was powerful. It was beautiful. And lives were touched in a way that can't be outlined, in advance, on paper.

Is it wrong to have a plan? No. Is it wrong to want to keep our focus and resist what, on the surface, would seem to be distractions and interruptions? Not necessarily. But when they do come, be prepared to yield. Take a minute to ask Holy Spirit if this is a God moment. Take a few steps down the alternate path and you'll soon know if He's the one leading you. If so, take His hand and enjoy the journey. If not, ask Him to get you back on track.

All I'm saying is be open to the possibility that the annoying detour before you could lead to a divine encounter, either for you or for others involved. Someone at that meeting needed something specific from the Lord right then, and He stepped in to provide it. If I had clung to my plan, I might have tried to reconstruct the teaching in my own head. And despite my own good intentions to deliver what He had given me earlier, I would have interfered with what He needed to do in that moment.

When I got home that evening, I was still marveling at what the Lord had done. I opened the front door, and walked across the room to put my purse down…on a table…where my notebook was sitting… in plain sight.

Lord, You are magnificent in all Your ways. They're higher than our ways, and Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Help us to abide in You so completely that we are ready and willing to yield to You at all times, in all things, knowing that the outcome will reveal You in a glorious way, every time. Thank You for allowing us to witness Your mighty and merciful hand at work.

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  • Jan Walker

Updated: Apr 6

One of God's greatest guarantees is His constant flow of faithfulness toward those who put their hope in Him. We can fully relax and surrender ourselves to His supernatural keeping and care, regardless of how things look to our natural eyes.

"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

We cannot bankrupt His unending supply of mercy and compassion. No matter how many "withdrawals" we make through the course of the day, there's a fresh, new supply every morning. Just imagine what that would look like in our worldly bank accounts, to know that there would always be more than enough. How much more valuable is the currency of heaven – limitless mercy from our loving Father?

The verse continues:

"I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

All we have to do is quiet ourselves and believe. Trust, and wait with confidence.

To run ahead of Him, to try and "figure things out on our own" will only bring us fatigue and frustration. He is the true and only reliable source of all that we need, and our greatest need is already met – the need for His love, compassion and acceptance.

Father God, thank You that Your mercies are indeed new every morning. Cause me to awaken each day with fresh hope, eager anticipation, and the promise of Your abiding Presence. Fill me with Your perfect peace. I trust You, I believe You, I love You and I thank You. All I need, I have in You. You are faithful.

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  • Jan Walker

Updated: Apr 6

The one I love calls to me.

Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.

Come away with me!

I have come as you have asked

to draw you to my heart and lead you out.

For now is the time, my beautiful one.

The season has changed,

the bondage of your barren winter

has ended, and the season of hiding

is over and gone.

The rains have soaked the earth and

left it bright with blossoming flowers.

The season for singing and pruning

the vines has arrived.

I hear the cooing of doves in our land,

filling the air with songs to awaken you

and guide you forth.

Can you not discern this new

day of destiny breaking forth

around you?

The early signs of my purposes and plans

are bursting forth.

The budding vines of new life are now

blooming everywhere.

The fragrance of their flowers whispers,

“There is change in the air.”

Arise, my love, my beautiful companion,

and run with me to the higher place.

For now is the time to arise

and come away with me.

- Song of Solomon 2:10-13 (The Passion Translation)

This is His invitation to us, individually and as a group. The season has indeed changed. A new day of destiny is at hand. It's time to seek His face, minister to His heart and obtain the fresh oil we will need for our lanterns as we wait for His arrival. The hour is late. Many of us are sensing a greater urgency to pursue His Presence than we have ever felt before.

Others of us feel a sense of sadness that we have not pursued Him as relentlessly as He has pursued us. But there is no condemnation. His mercies are new every morning. You can begin today, right now, to turn away from the distractions of the world, and seek His face. He is, once again, extending His hand to you. Make haste, my Beloved.

Lord, I accept Your invitation and I am humbled by Your great love for me. It is my desire to know You and be known by You. Draw me continually into the secret place with You, and cause my heart to respond with joyful anticipation. I am Yours.

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